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 Arlo Ritchie Rogers

Arlo Ritchie Rogers

Birth
Blanding, San Juan County, Utah, USA
Death 14 Sep 1920 (aged 2)
Blanding, San Juan County, Utah, USA
Burial Blanding, San Juan County, Utah, USA
Plot 2_37_1_2
Memorial ID 66906 · View Source
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When evening came, we all started for the grainery where we lived, Ralph to get the cows, Leo to look at his traps, Russell for water. As we started Russell had forgotten the gun, and Willis said for him to go back and get it. I said. "Leave the old thing there and I won't have to watch it." Willis said, "It might rain on it." So, Russell went back and brought the gun. Russell had just shot it before we started and it would not pull the shells out. Russell put the gun in the bottom of the wagon, and I said, "I will not have to watch it now because it has the empty shell in it, so I won't have to worry about the old gun for once I can feel all right." Then Russell left us and went for the water at the spring in the canyon. While we were driving along, W.W. came to the wagon and took out the gun and took out the empty shell and put in a bullet. He was going to take the gun with him, then he changed his mind and put the loaded gun back in the bottom of the wagon. None of us in the wagon knew that W. W. had loaded the gun. We went on to the grainery. When we arrived I stepped out and took Arlo, and he was so sweet all day, and he was so nice that I stood him on the doorstep and then I kneeled down in front of him to love and kiss him. Willis gave the gun to one of the twins, and he came right up to us with it pointed right at us and said, "I going to shoot my rabbit." He waited until I was through loving him. He was so close with the gun that I could have reached out and took it, I said, "It's not nice to point the gun at us." When he said, "I am going to shoot my rabbit," Arlo threw up both of his little hands and laughed. Just then the boy five years, pulled the trigger and off went the gun and the bullet went clear through Arlo's chest. When Arlo dropped, I dropped also, and two unseen hands were placed on my back and I was raised up. Those hands that were placed on my back made me able to take care of everyone. I picked up the dying child.

from his mother's journal

The shooter was one of her twins, but the mother never told anyone which one in her life.



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  • Maintained by: kurt rogers
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 66906
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Arlo Ritchie Rogers (24 Jun 1918–14 Sep 1920), Find A Grave Memorial no. 66906, citing Blanding City Cemetery, Blanding, San Juan County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by kurt rogers (contributor 47134414) .